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Actor James Farentino booked on suspicion of battery

June 14, 2010 | 11:26 am

james-farintino.jpgJames Farentino was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after a citizen's arrest was made on the 72-year-old actor, authorities said Monday.

Police were called to Farentino's Hollywood home on the 1300 block of Londonderry Place around 6 p.m. Sunday. He was taken into custody and booked at the LAPD's Hollywood-area station.

Farentino was released Monday morning after posting $20,000.

Details about the circumstances that led to the citizen's arrest were not immediately available, but police said the actor was trying to physically remove a man from his house. The man, who police said suffered bruising that was visible to officers, made a citizen's arrest on Farentino for battery, an arrest that the police believed was lawful.

Farentino, an actor since the 1960s, had a recurring role on the television show "Dynasty" and starred in the movie "The Final Countdown."

In the early 1990s, Farentino pleaded no contest to multiple counts of misdemeanor stalking of Frank Sinatra's youngest daughter, Tina. He was ordered to undergo psychiatric and alcohol counseling.

Prosecutors said the actor sent 16 faxes and made about 30 calls threatening Tina Sinatra's life after they broke up. He was placed on three years of probation and ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Tina Sinatra.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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